National Public Radio CEO Gary Knell joined the organization last December, knowing there were stone cold realities ahead, after his predecessor and several key fundraisers retreated amid various controversies. Now comes news that NPR is running a $2.6 million deficit for this fiscal year. The Washington Post’s Paul Farhi talks about a meeting Knell held with staffers Wednesday: While he is not gunning to cut staff or programs (“That’s the [...]
FOR decades, the uninterrupted programming on PBS has been one of its most distinctive selling points to audiences and philanthropic and corporate supporters alike.
But those leisurely stretches of break-free programs could be going away.
PBS officials told member stations at its recent annual meeting in Orlando that beginning this fall, the Wednesday science series “Nature” and “Nova” would contain corporate and foundation sponsor spots, promotional messages and branding [...]
Faced with the threat of losing funding from the federal government, National Public Radio (NPR) CEO Vivian Schiller defended the news outletâ€™s use of taxpayer money in a speech Monday, and brushed off criticism of bias as â€œperception.â€
Calling government funding the â€œcornerstone of public media,â€ Schiller said NPR was â€œtoo critical to give up.â€
â€œWe rely on continued government funding,â€ Schiller said at the National Press [...]